Administrators reflexively take the side of students in altercations with teachers.

Arts and music education are often the subjects that make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

The positive effects of universal prekindergarten will not be fully realized unless parents themselves are made part of it.

Real education involves subjecting students to ideas that by their very nature can make them feel uncomfortable.

Parental choice will primarily benefit parents who possess the wherewithal to navigate the system.

By attending class reunions, teachers will realize that their efforts have not been for naught.

One of the oldest propaganda techniques is repeating something so often that people eventually come to believe it.

Children from impoverished backgrounds enter kindergarten already three months behind the national average in reading and never catch up, according to Education Department data. That comes as no surprise because new research shows that brain development is affected by the interaction between parents and children from as early as birth ("Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word," The New York Times, Mar. 26). Yet I think too little emphasis is placed on how parents converse with their children. A study by Meredith Rowe and Susan Goldin-Meadow of the University of Chicago found that gesturing, among other things, is ...

Mature career changers are an asset in the classroom because they've had their share of hard knocks.

Attitudes about learning are caught - not taught.

The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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